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Vermont City Marathon

Burlington, VT

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 28, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 71°F (21°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.45
Course Score: 98.77

Race Size

2016: 933 Finishers
2015: 2,498 Finishers
2014: 2,434 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 14.5%
2015: 15.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

From the race website - Our USATF certified course starts at Battery Park, overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. The opening miles are run through tree-lined residential streets and Burlington’s pedestrian Marketplace where an enthusiastic crowd of spectators will inspire you. At mile 3.7 you begin a 4.5 mile out and back section on the Northern Connector, a divided highway which is closed to traffic only once a year - for your race. On the Northern Connector, enjoy beautiful views of the Green Mountains and get a chance to see the leaders and your friends as you cross paths. At mile 8.2, return to city streets for a second pass through the Marketplace and a loop of Burlington’s South End. At the half-way point of the course, enter Oakledge Park and run alongside Lake Champlain for 2 miles. Mile 15 brings the Assault on Battery; 6 blocks climbing Battery Street. You’ll see musicians and throngs of spectators to inspire you up the hill. The next 6.5 miles take you out North Avenue on gently rolling terrain through many shaded neighborhoods. A steep downhill at mile 21.5 brings you to the Burlington Bikepath, which provides beautiful lake views and flat to slightly downhill terrain over the last 4.5 miles. Your finish and all post-race festivities occur in Waterfront Park where you’ll be greeted by thousands of cheering spectators.

Marathon Rankings

The Vermont City Marathon was the 93rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 34th largest in 2015.

Last year 14.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Vermont City Marathon the 101st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 72nd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.77 ranks it as the 224th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Vermont.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Vermont City Marathon a PR Score of 98.45. This PR Score ranks it as the 212th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Vermont.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 312 feet (95m)
Min Elevation: 97 feet (29m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Vermont City Marathon

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Vermont City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The lake and Adirondacks are gorgeous, the crowds are dense and super-supportive in the neighborhoods, the cloverleaf shape is fun, and the aid stations are really well-run.

Race Tips

Don't underestimate the hills on the out-and back on Rt. 127 (miles 4-9 or so). It's very exposed and the perspective can throw of your read of the road.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It's hard to get downtown and parking is a bear. Give yourself plenty of time and anticipate a bit of a hassle getting back out of the crowd unless you're finishing sub-2:45.

review of 2016 Vermont City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


My First marathon, I loved the city, and the support. I loved the varied terrain of the course, from city streets, to rolling hills, to the burbs with their parties. I hated the heat, I hated blowing up, and I hated not getting an official time due to course closure. I don't think the organizers could have done anything differently, it was just a terrible day to run a marathon. The weather did not cooperate.

Race Tips

Be prepared to be exposed. There isn't a ton of shade on course, wear sunscreen, and be aware of the crazy New England weather which sees 40-80* days.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Don't worry about down town parking, there is plenty to be had, just get there early to avoid road closures. The design of the course doubles back and around, so there are opportunities to see the race multiple times from the same location. Also, be aware there are a ton of non marathoners, which make the course filled with a variety of expierence / and fatigue level folks, not just folks at your pace, which can alter your perception of the course. Nothing worse than someone 2 miles in when you are 18 deep and feeling the wall.

review of 2012 Vermont City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very scenic, enthusiastic crowd, beautiful town, good volunteer support. The only downside is the emphasis on relay racing. Tough to have droves of fresh runners bounding by you 20+ miles into your race.

Race Tips

Rather twisty the first 2-3 miles. Stay away from relay exchange zones. Biggest hill about 14-15 miles in.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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